What is a Comic Strip?

A comic strip is a sequence of drawings, usually arranged horizontally, that are designed to be read as a story or a chronological sequence of events. Comics are often humorous and are usually found in newspapers and magazines. Digital comics or web comics are also found on many websites and blogs.

Why Make Comic Strips?

As a kid, I remember when my parents got the Sunday newspaper I would grab the "Funny Pages" immediately. They were hilarious and entertaining, but also sometimes political, educational, and informative. As the comic creator on Storyboard That, students get to let their imagination run wild while also practicing writing and computer skills!

Storyboard That provides you and your students with everything that you need to make an incredible and witty comic strip. You can choose your own number of cells, and our endless choices of scenes, characters, and items make illustrating easy. We also have all kinds of speech and thought bubbles, and special effects such as cropping, layering, and filtering to help your comic strip stand out.

Not sure how to start? Keep on reading! Our step-by-step tutorial includes written instructions, screenshots, and examples to help you and your students become a comic strip experts in no time!

How To Make a Comic Strip

  1. Click on any "Create a Storyboard" button to get into the Storyboard Creator.

  2. Give your comic a name!

  3. Name Your Storyboard

  4. Click on the “Layout” button at the top of the right hand menu. This is where you will customize how many rows and columns you would like, and add a title and/or description if you would like. Click “Okay!” when you are happy with the preview.

    Button to change the layout in creator
    Layout screen in the creator

    Time to start creating your comic! The following steps can be completed in any order that you would like. However, this is what we have found works best, and we suggest completing one cell at a time. That way, if subsequent scenes are similar to the previous scenes, you can simply copy the cell and make minor changes as you go along.

  5. Find the perfect scenes for the setting of your comic; all of our scenes are customizable! Simply drag the scene into the cell, and edit as you wish. Look for the "Edit Scene" button on the menu!

  6. How to find scenes

    Scene in creator

  7. Find and customize characters. Remember, characters in comic strips don’t have to make sense or be realistic, so have fun with it!

    • Think about your characters’ personality quirks, looks, how they speak, and what makes them unique.

    • Storyboard That has hundreds of people, animals, monsters, and mythical creatures to choose from, so you may want to use our “Show Filters” button to help narrow your search.

    • Drag and drop your characters into the cell and click the “Edit Pose” button to customize. You can change your characters’ expressions, hair, skin, and so much more!

    • Once you have edited your characters, you can resize them and place them where you want them to be in the scene.

    Searching Characters

    Characters in Comic Strip

    Characters in scene

  8. Choose items that you would like to include in the scene. You may choose from the many located in the “Items” category, or you may use the search bar to find something specific. Once you have found what you are looking for, drag it into the scene and resize as necessary.

  9. Finding Items in the Creator

    Many of our items have image options!

    Adding Items: Example

  10. Let’s add some dialogue! Click on the “Speech Bubbles” category and choose from our many speech and thought bubbles. Drag into the scene, type your dialogue, and resize as necessary.

  11. Speech bubbles

    Want to make your dialogue pop? Try using one of our sound effects, located in the “Action” category under “Speech Bubbles”!

    Action speech bubbles in the creator

    Speech bubbles in a scene

  12. If you have chosen to add titles and/or descriptions, this is the time to input your text!

  13. Quick Tip: If you are copying or moving entire cells, the title and descriptions will be copied or moved as well.

    Example of Title in storyboard

  14. Review your comic and make any changes that you see fit!

Now that your comic strip is complete, you can print it, make it an animated gif, download it, or even share it as a slide presentation! Storyboard That makes it super easy to be silly, have fun, and get creative!

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